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Made in Abyss Vol. 1 Paperback – 1 Feb 2018
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..".the start of a fascinating story that should deliver plenty of emotion. Whether you're already a fan of the anime version or not, Made in Abyss' manga is a journey worth undertaking." --Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network
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Akihito Tsukushi is a Japanese manga artist best known for Made in Abyss.
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Cute art style, mixed with dark moments and some lighter ones. The characters we follow may be young 12-14 but seems like these kids have done a fair amount of growing up even if they do get in scrapes along the way.
Onto what matters, the story is fantastic and so is the world building. If you are into adventure and fantasy, don't let the art style put you off. Things get *very* dark and dangerous as the series goes on. This isn't your usual story with shallow middle/high school kids. You will really feel for the characters and the challenges they have to face.
If you haven't watched the anime, you're missing out on one of the best quality series out there. Made in Abyss creates a curiosity in the viewer due to its originality and rich world. It's rare to see something so well developed and carefully crafted in today's anime industry.
I was hyped for this book after hearing glowing reviews for the anime as it has an amazing premise and concept but my god was this a slog to get through. I'd say it was written for an younger audience with the main characters being about 12 and living in an orphanage, but when those characters are having cute interactions one minute and being threatened with getting tied up naked in front of everyone as punishment for acting out line, resulting then on said characters commenting on a girl's pubic hair situation, the tone of this seems to be all over the place.
This is ignoring the fact that these characters keep talking, and talking and going on and on about how dangerous the abyss is and what could happen to you if you go down too far. There's no room here to just stop and take a breather or allow characters to get to know one another, it's just constant meaningless drivel that adds absolutely nothing to what this book sells you on through the description.
And to add insult to injury, it takes right up to the end of the volume for the characters to actually start descending. There's a little note from the author at the end saying how they struggled with the concept going from a light novel, to 3 chapters, then to this entire volume and it shows. The art style is confusing too, with a grey-scale tone throughout the entire volume making me wonder if this was intentional and not implemented well or if it was in colour and the whole thing has been printed in black and white. It made for a strange reading experience and it certainly didn't help me enjoy the book any more than I was.
Overall, avoid this. I don't know what age bracket this is written for with jokes that adults will find uncomfortably weird and unfitting to a story about 12 year olds and concepts that children won't fully understand. The idea is sooo good, but a great concept can't carry a poorly-structured story and characters of questionable attitudes.